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Anniversaries: Celebrating important occasions

Weddings are one of the most important family events. They provide great opportunities to celebrate together, and begin new chapters in family story.

This week, I'm celebrating my own wedding anniversary, and I began thinking about all the memories shared with my husband and our excitement about our future.

The origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary. During the 20th century, other anniversaries began to be represented by materials such as “wood,” “pearl ” and “diamond.”

Here's a list of traditional anniversaries and some gift ideas:

1: Paper: Traditions include giving a paper gift to your spouse, such as a photo album or collage depicting memories over the past year.

2: Cotton: A nice idea for a present is a cotton T-shirt with a design print.

3: Leather: A watch strap, belt or shoes are great gift ideas.

4: Fruits and Flower: Women love flowers, so send her some for this anniversary!

5: Wood: Get into the DIY spirit and building something yourself; handmade gifts are always valuable.

6: Sugar: Remember your sweet memories by giving your loved one chocolates or candy.

7: Wool or Copper: Some options include clothing or a copper money clip, but there are many gift ideas for this anniversary.

8: Bronze: How about a bronze necklace or a sculpture?

9: Pottery: Why not take a pottery workshop with your spouse for a fun anniversary activity?

10: Tin: Fill a metal box with photos, movie ticket stubs, menus and other memories of your time  together over the past 10 years.

Other anniversaries:

15: Crystal
20: China
25: Silver
30: Pearl
35: Coral
40: Ruby
45: Sapphire
50: Gold
55: Emerald
60: Diamond
65: Blue Sapphire
70: Platinum
75: Diamond
80: Oak
85: Wine

Do you know the oldest anniversary in your family tree? What anniversary will you be celebrating this year?

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  1. June 11th 1871, Patt Phelan to Anne Delany, my Maternal Great Grandparents!
  2. My wedding anniversary is September 3, 1955. We will be married 58 years this year.
  3. Congradulations to all in our family who are celebrating a wedding this year.
  4. This August 23rd will be 45 years!
  5. Got married later in life. This October will be our Paper anniversary!
  6. Wedding anniversary is the special day in everybody's life. And gifts make some precious and great memories. Thanks for sharing the beautiful idea...!!!

    Anniversary Flowers
  7. 51 years as of July 14, 2013

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